Welcome to Darts Hill Garden
Darts Hill Garden is the result of over 70 years of work and dedication guided by the vision of Francisca Darts.
Darts Hill Garden is the result of over 70 years of work and dedication guided by the clear vision of Francisca Darts. Along with her husband Edwin, Francisca took a logged piece of land, turned it first into an award winning orchard and then into the unique garden that is Darts Hill today.
Francisca’s curiosity and love of the new and interesting has resulted in the most diverse collection of mature tree and shrub species in the Pacific Northwest. Many were planted from seed collected from around the world.
In 1994 Edwin and Francisca Darts donated their 7.5-acre garden to the City of Surrey and its citizens. Their intention was to give Surrey its own garden to be used as a horticultural centre for the preservation, enhancement, and development of plants. The non-profit Darts Hill Garden Conservancy Trust Society works in partnership with the City of Surrey towards these goals.
During the winter months Darts Hill Garden is open on a limited basis for members’ days, our enhanced annual general meeting, and guided tours. The Garden is well worth a winter visit, as the beautiful bark and branches of its immense collection of trees and shrubs stand out amidst a surprising array of fragrant winter flowers.
Memberships. To enjoy winter extended openings and the opportunity to fully enjoy and contribute to this exceptional plantsman’s garden, please consider the advantages of becoming a member. (Costs start at $20.) Learn more here.
Tours. For a truly customized experience, bring your own group of five or more for a two-hour Guided Tour, conducted by one of our experienced guides. Pre-registration is required for all tours. Visit our tours section to learn more.
Our popular Friday afternoon Director’s Tours will resume in April.
Public Openings. Starting on April 6, regular public openings will resume, and Darts Hill will be open more frequently than ever before. Explore the garden during one of our Garden Strolls, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Or visit during one of our special Open Houses, scheduled April 28, May 26, September 22, and October 20. Some events feature a sale of plants propagated at Darts Hill. Please check out our calendar for further details, additional events, and confirmation of all openings.
Follow the Garden’s extraordinary history from its start in the 1940s to its donation to the City of Surrey.